IMG_0426-1No, this isn’t about a crime. It’s about this taste-size bottle of bourbon, Larceny, that a co-worker gave me upon her return from Kentucky over the holidays.

I’m not a big drinker, so when my co-worker said Kentucky bourbon, and I mentioned Makers Mark, she schooled me in the knowledge that real Kentuckians don’t drink Makers Mark. (Who knew? I was introduced to Makers Mark when one of my brothers was in grad school at UK in Lexington. Then again, he wasn’t a real Kentuckian.)

There’s a story behind the name, but I was more interested in the taste. The first thing about Larceny is that amber color looks exactly right. It’s strong, and its aroma has a little sting. Drinking, it comes across as rich, flavorful and buttery — with a bite. And that bite didn’t remind me of Makers Mark; it reminded me of Jack Daniel’s.